Sunday, June 29, 2008

Super Simple Crockpot Cereal

I've just discovered a great cookbook that would have made my life so easy if it had been available three years ago when I eliminated dairy and gluten from my diet. It's called Done with Dairy---Giving up Gluten: 14 Days to a Delicious and Healthy You by Meg Haworth. It's a wonderful starting place for individuals who need or want to change their eating because it has complete menus for two weeks of eating without dairy or gluten, as well as grocery lists and other tips. The author who has been eating without those ingredients for more than a decade shares her expertise and saves you going through the learning curve. The cookbook is not perfect by any means for individuals like me who have other foods they cannot eat but you learn to adapt the recipes. Also, there are some cheese substitute products mentioned that are difficult to find and may contain casein and soy. But by and large, the cookbook saves you a lot of time and guesswork. Check out the cookbook at http://www.deliciousandhealthy.com/.

Do you like hot and hearty breakfasts that keep you going throughout the morning? Then the crockpot cereal from the cookbook is for you. Here's the recipe which I adapted by adding some additional protein and fiber.

Crockpot Cereal
Ingredients:
1/3 cup each gluten-free steelcut oatmeal, whole amaranth grains, quinoa grains and buckwheat (kasha)
4 T. ground flax
4 T. vegan rice protein powder
1 T. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate
4 1/2 cups water or do half water and rice milk (or other alternative milk beverage)
Toppings of your choice: I like diced kiwis, blueberries, hemp milk, toasted pumpkin seeds and a teaspoon of pomegranite molasses

Directions:
Put all the dry ingredients in a small crockpot right before bedtime. Add the liquids. Put on the lid and turn to low. Say goodnight and wake up to a delicious hot cereal. Put in a bowl and serve with your favorite toppings.

4 comments:

Dan said...

This looks tasty! Just bought a crock pot a while ago. Gonna hafta try this one (once I track down all the ingredients)!

Sheree said...

This recipe will be a great way to introduce you to crockpot cooking. It's unbelievably simple. Don't worry about getting all the ingredients. You can simply make it with only steel-cut oatmeal if that's all you have on hand. A whole kernel grain does add more texture, along with the oatmeal, but use the grains you like. It's a very forgiving recipe so it's all good.

Dan said...

FYI, I just made my third batch of this yesterday (with modifications). Always tasty, but I've never had the courage to leave it overnight (I have yet to get the amount of liquid just right without checking in every half hour or so) and I've never seen the need to cook it for more than about three hours on low. Great stuff though!

Sheree said...

Getting the right amount of liquid is tricky. Some of those grains, like the amaranth, really soak up the liquid. Once you figure out the liquid requirements, it's really super simple to leave it overnight.